Craig McClure

Getting To Know Project Director and Partner Craig McClure of The Crackerjack Group

I’ve known Craig for many years now and felt super comfortable in having him lead our workshops over the last six months.  During this time, we pooled some ideas together and wondered what a mega-course might look like.  Knowing the work and resources it took to finish and produce our amazingly successful 5 Day Advance …

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Parallel Hauls, Doubled Mechanical Advantage or Not?

Today at Rigging Lab Academy, we’re going to bust this myth that parallel mechanical advantage systems somehow add together and double mechanical advantage. There are arguments out there that two 3:1s side by side pulled on the same load are a 6:1, or two 5:1s are a 10:1. It’s not true, and we’re going to …

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Carabiner Shaming: Losing The Gold

I’ll admit it.  I’m guilty. I’ve done it.  Nope, I’m not talking about stepping on the rope, using dropped carabiners, or mistakenly peeing on my belay loop… c’mon winter layers can be a challenge!  Nope, I’m talking about what I’ll call “carabiner shaming.” Like many, I used to pick apart photos on the interwebs to …

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The Gear Used In the 5 Day Advance Workshop… Here Is The Narrative!

Can we  have an Ultimate Gear List for anything?   Of course not and we all know that.. For the skiers out there this is like the mythical “one ski quiver”… that one ski that floats in powder, crushes crud, carves trenches on the corduroy, and holds Killington blue ice like a 2×4 with chisel edges. …

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Passing Knots Introduction: A Rope Rescue and Rigging Primer You Must Know – Raise And Lower (Part 2)

Hopefully you’ve already seen part one of this series Passing Knots Introduction: A Rope Rescue and Rigging Primer You Must Know – Using The MPD (Part 1) where we showed how to pass a knot through a CMC MPD on both raise and lower.  Now we’ll show knot passes through a Scarab (lower) and pulley and prusik …

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A Shout Out To Many Who Have Stood By Us Through Thick And Thin: Vision Is Always Within Your Grasp

Most people, at the end of each year, stand back and reflect on what was, what is and what should have been. An epoch season and epic events both apply to myself, our company and those around us. To date, we have produced somewhere between 600 and 700 technical rigging and rescue videos and has …

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Edge Safety in Search and Rescue: Fall Prevention System

Fall Prevention System in Search and Rescue Globally, falling kills close to 2 million people a year and in the U.S. and over 500 people a year die in occupational related accidents. Fall prevention is about not falling, while on a loaded line in the fall zone. The fall prevention system keeps you from falling, when you are at the edge …

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Edge Safety in Search and Rescue: Travel Restraint

Travel Restraint System in Search and Rescue So, we’ve talked about the three different systems we’re going to use. Right now we’re going to go into some detail on travel restraint. And travel restraint is just that. It is designed to restrain you from traveling to the point where you could fall. It can be …

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Edge Safety in Search and Rescue: Work Positioning System

Work Positioning System A work positioning system is a system that enables a person to work supported in a harness in tension in such a way that a fall is prevented. Work positioning systems should be designed and rigged to allow a person to work safely and in reasonable comfort. Maintain two points of attachment to your …

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